It is still not known to many that the mangrove tree is essential to the ecology of the land and the sea, yet the people of Panay have known this fact for a long time and have been steadfast in protecting this tree, creating the nature sanctuary of Panay's Mangrove Forest.
The Mangrove Forest in Panay is the largest in the province with an area about 371.03 ha. Reforestation sites are located in Brgy. Lat-asan and Buntod. It is part of the ecotourism being promoted by the municipality. Mangrove serves as habitat to fish, birds, and different species of animals; filter the water system from pollutants; and buffer zone for strong waves and currents protecting the people living in the coastal areas.
Through tours, visitors can see firsthand the amazing exotic creatures that inhabit these special forests and appreciate the way the people of Panay have turned things around to preserve the environment.
Where to Stay
Here is a list of hotels and inns located in the province’s capital of Roxas City.
- SAN ANTONIO BEACH RESORT (D.O.T ACCREDITED)
Brgy. Baybay Roxas City
- MVW RESTAURANT & TOURIST INN (D.O.T ACCREDITED)
Roxas Ave. Roxas City
- BAIA NORTE BEACH CLUB (D.O.T ACCREDITED)
Baybay Beach, Roxas City
- ROXAS MIDTOWN HOTEL (D.O.T ACCREDITED)
NSF Bldg. Burgos Cor. San Jose Sts.
- HOTEL VERONICA
Pueblo de Panay, Lawaan, Roxas City
- NESTA’S HILLTOP HOTEL
Provincial Park, Roxas City, Capiz
How to get there
- Travel time to Roxas City is 45 minutes by plane and around 16 hours by ship from Manila. From Iloilo City, it is approximately 2 hours by bus or private car. It will take approximately 4 hours of travel going to Boracay Island by land. There are two airlines operating in Roxas City (RXS): Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific have a daily scheduled flight from Roxas-Manila and Manila-Roxas. There is one passenger ship operating in Culasi Port, Roxas city, Capiz: Moreta Shipping Lines’ M/V Love 1, which embarks for Capiz twice a week. There are also ferry boats that travel from Romblon and Masbate and also Roll-on Roll-off (ro-ro) buses that cross through Capiz.
- Capiz is part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, which is a major tourism gateway in Western Visayas. Roll On-Roll Off (Ro-Ro) buses are operating to fetch passengers from Roxas City to Manila (Cubao or Pasay) via Catiklan, Aklan-Mindoro-Batangas-Manila.
- Jeepneys and tricycles are the primary modes of transportation from one municipality to another. There is the "Capiz Cab", the city's new taxi that plies the streets of Capiz.